Dow Jones
February 25, 2011

The Libyan government has told U.S. officials that it will treat reporters who aren’t authorized to be in the country as al Qaeda collaborators, the U.S. State Department said in a statement Thursday.

The government of Moammar Gadhafi has lost control of large parts of the country in the face of a popular rebellion against the Libyan strongman.

In meetings with U.S. diplomats, Libyan officials say reporters from CNN, BBC Arabic and Al Arabiya are being allowed into the country to cover the situation, the State Department said.

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